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    afsrc=1 applies only to commission junction...
    I found this statement in a blog that I came across on goggle...

    Is this true...? I thought that all of the networks honored this flag...
    If not... does anyone know which ones honor it and which ones donít...?

    Also... could someone post a sample link of the proper way
    to use the afsrc=1 insert...? Iíve seen it so many different ways
    itís becoming a pain to try to figure it out...

    Some put it at the end, others in the middle, and still others
    at the beginning of the link... Sometimes it starts with & as in &afsrc=1...
    other times it doesnít... sometimes itís in quotes and other times itís not...

    What is the best way to use this tag...???
    A simple example would really be appreciated...

    BTW... when you type afsrc=1 into goggle...
    ABW comes up number one at the top of the list...
    Haiko... Howíd you do that...?
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    I'm sure you can find the syntax info on the forum if you do a search...

    Example 1 where there is no variable:
    http://anysite.com/file.php?afsrc=1

    Example 2 where there is one variable:
    http://anysite.com/file.php?var=1&afsrc=1
    could also be written
    http://anysite.com/file.php?afsrc=1&var=1

    so the ? is before the first variable and the & symbol to separate any subsequent ones

    Example 3 Multiple Variables:
    http://anysite.com/file.php?var1=2&v...afsrc=1&var3=1
    This passes the variable var1 AND (&) var2 AND (&) afsrc AND var3

    Get mah drift?

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    It "officially" applies to CJ, BF, and PFX links.

    I'm beginning to think afscr=1 needs its own forum.

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    TJ... thanks for trying...

    I tried to get your drift... but every link that you posted
    results in... "this page cannot be found"... could you repost
    those so I can see what you are talking about...?

    Kelli... the fact that you put "officially" in quotes... seems to
    confirm what I have always thought... What they say and
    what they do are often... two different things...

    Or am I missing the point...?

    All I'd really like to see is a simple, straight forward example
    of a working afsrc=1 application... there are so many that are
    so different that it's hard to know which one is the proper form...

    And since I know I need it for self defense... I'd like to get it right...
    Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by webpartner
    I tried to get your drift... but every link that you posted
    results in... "this page cannot be found"... could you repost
    those so I can see what you are talking about...?
    Those were examples showing you where you could put afsrc=1, the links don't work, and don't need to, you need to understand the concept

    Basically...

    if the link you are using has a ? in it, then you should use &afsrc=1
    if the link DOESN'T have a ? then you should use ?afsrc=1

    Thats all there is too it... tack it on the end of any existing url, when you feel more comfortable with variables you can stick it in the middle it doesn't matter

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    and.... the afsrc=1 is only SUPPOSED to be required on redirects... if you get a link from the CJ interface, you SHOULDN'T need it.... if you use a redirect script you should ALWAYS use it

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    TJ... Ohhhh... I see...

    Just because they showed up as links...
    Doesnít mean that I was supposed to go there... Duh...!
    Getting late... didnít notice the "anysite" part...

    Iíll study your first post so that I can understand and learn
    how to apply your examples... And, yes we do use redirects...
    So we definitely do need it... Thank you so much...

    Guess I couldnít see the forest for the trees...
    But now I get your drift... and I really appreciate your help...

    Bob
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    Chet's got a good css script out there that you can use (he posted it here - can't remember which sub-forum though) that utilizes that concept - but I think he said he only uses it to alter his links so that they don't look like the conventional LS/BF/CJ links. The other way that TJ mentions I think is utilizing a mysql database that you set up with all your links and you have a jump script that pulls out the required links from that database table. Then as he said, you append your links on the site with &afsrc=1

    I know it sounds like Greek initially but read past posts about it - the clouds will clear after a while.

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    WebPartner,

    I say officially because:

    1. The afsrc=1 was originally conceived by BF.
    2. It was later adopted by CJ, BF, and PFX as part of the COC. For a technology software to be compliant, they have to look for afsrc=1 in a link which identifies the link as an affiliate link (afsrc stands for affiliate source). If the application sees afsrc=1, then it should not act on the link when clicked by the end user. The afsrc=1 is a way to let software know that an affiliate link is going to be involved in the redirect part of a server side redirect since the software can only 'see' what the click link is on the web page and not what URL is being passed in the redirect. The parasites said they couldn't detect WHAT the actual URL in the server redirect is, so they couldn't be compliant if they wanted to.
    3. Theoritcally however since the software doesn't know what the URL of the redirect link is, it still should honor the afsrc=1 if the link you call is something aside from CJ, BF or PFX. The software should be standing down anytime it sees the afscr=1 no matter what link you are redirecting from your server.
    4. Initially, the afsrc=1 parameter did cause some problems with some tracking of other systems outside of CJ, BF and PFX. I seem to remember it caused some problems with some KB links called through the redirect and KB had to do some things on their end.

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    Chet's got a good css script out there that you can use
    This one? Although this one's a php script...

    http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread.php?t=21535

    It looks like some of the things got messed up (they've been encoded) in the board migration (especially the brackets) --be careful...
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    This one? Although this one's a php script...
    Yes that's the one - I meant to say php script. The one script for all 3 or 4 merchant links. Chet doesn't add &afsrc=1 to his links - I believe he thinks it's a real giveaway to SEs and others that you are an affiliate site.

    Checked the script and it looks okay except for these bits - I skimmed it real quick so I can't be sure :

    &lt; should be < and &gt; should be >

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    Fixed the code
    Continued Success,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kellie aka Ms. B
    It "officially" applies to CJ, BF, and PFX links.

    I'm beginning to think afscr=1 needs its own forum.
    And someone to write a script for ABW posts to make sure we always spell it correctly... afsrc.

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    After reading this I went to look thru shareasale for more merchants for my site. I dont bother with code at all
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    And the "?" and "&" part confuses too many people who don't use scripts (and therefore likely don't need to know about afsrc=1 anyhow)....

    Think of "?" as a flag for the browser, telling the site it's going to land on, as "HEY, I need to tell you more" before you do anything.

    So a url like those above that have something like "file.php?afsrc=1&var=1" at the end tells the server HEY, I need to tell you something, the variable afsrc is equal to one AND the other variable called var is equal to one. So the appended phrase ALWAYS starts with "?" and then is followed by pairs (variable name "=" variable value) separated by an "&".

    like ...
    jump.php?donuts=cool&abw=great&haiko=boss&leader=neversleeps

    or...
    go.php?tj=cuteavatar&webpartner=curiousaboutafsrc&kellie=moderator

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    or...

    point.php?brain=1

    [and since I only sent one variable-value pair (brain=1) - I don't need an "&" in there anywhere.]

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    And in the case of the variable called afsrc, it's a yes or no kind of value - a binary value. And "1" equals "true".

    So if your link has the variable-value pair in it that says "afsrc=1" - it tells those who listen... the source of this referred traffic is an affiliate... source is an affiliate... src is an af... afsrc=1

    "afsrc" is what they agreed to call this setting or variable - it was too long to call it:
    thesourceofthisreferredtrafficisanaffiliate=yes

    And if you put in there by mistake:
    afsrc=126 or affsource=1 or affiliate=yes
    it means nothing. Always got to use the correct name and value... afsrc=1

    And the absence of afsrc=1 implies it's not an affiliate, so no one ever needs to put afsrc=0 in there....

    And where does the afsrc=1 thingy need to go? On your webpage that people see - not in the hidden link in your database (that is called by a php or asp or other kind of script). The whole point is that afsrc=1 tells parasites that it's an affiliate link because they claimed they can't see the link in your server-side redirect. So it's the hyperlink on your webpage (that they can see) that needs to have it - so you announce yourself before you redirect. The hyperlink in your server-side redirect (that both parasites and site visitors cannot see) doesn't need afsrc in it - it can't be seen there anyhow - and is the reason why you need to say it earlier - on your page - before you blind them by going server-side instead of client-side...

    truth.asp?donuts=wordybastard

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